Holcomb taps Gary lawyer to rejoin state board – Indiana News

Holcomb taps Gary lawyer to rejoin state board –  Indiana News

A Lake County attorney who formerly had a seat on the State Board of Education will rejoin the board in July.

Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed Tony Walker, of Munster, to a four-year term on the board last week. The first congressional district seat has been vacant since November when board member Eddie Melton, a Merrillville Democrat, was sworn in as a state senator.

Walker, 50, said he will bring a different insight to his duties.

“It’s a definitive advantage, having been there before,” he said. “I’ve served served under two governors and two different state superintendents. It gives me a grounded perspective.”

Walker said not much has changed. “I’m not aware of any particular major items they weren’t working on when I was there.”

He’s expecting a seamless transition back to the board next month.

Walker, who has a law offices in Gary, Indianapolis, Chicago and Atlanta, according to his website, has served on the board under three GOP governors, Mitch Daniels, Mike Pence and now Holcomb. His first appointment was in 2011.

In 2015, the legislature retooled the state board’s makeup. The change provided for staggered terms and also gave one appointment to leaders in the House and Senate. Pence appointed Melton to succeed Walker in that restructuring.

Walker, a Democrat, served during a contentious period that featured frequent flare-ups between board members, Pence, and former state schools chief Glenda Ritz, the state’s lone elected Democratic official. In her position, she served as chairman of the board.

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